Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus formed Boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers' and Dacus' first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable, and a couple of long email chains – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms. With gut-wrenchingly personal yet easily relatable verses and spare, lilting melodic arrangements, all three are leading a new rock vanguard that values unflinching self-awareness and unassailable songcraft. Baker's slow builds and taut vocals add urgency to "Souvenir" and "Stay Down," while album opener "Bite the Hand" roils with slow-burning layers of guitar as Dacus stands in her devastating truth: "I can't love you like you want me to." The Bridgers-architected "Me & My Dog" chugs into view with a deceptively simple open-road riff and Bridgers' insistent recounting of a relationship that couldn't help but fall apart.
The Record is the debut album from the indie rock supertrio, Boygenius, consisting of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker & Lucy Dacus. Each of the three musicians have brilliant solo careers, so one could fear that a joint project would almost break under the massive expectations, but Baker, Bridges and Dacus have already proven their project's worth on their 2018 self-titled EP. With The Records Boygenius can present their first full-length studio album, which once again emphasizes their unpretentious and raw approach to music. These are three talents characterized by an authenticity and empathy rarely seen among young musicians today, and on their shared project, they manage to push their songwriting into new areas and towards new heights.
boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus) presents the rest, a new four-track EP, serving as an expansion of their critically acclaimed debut full-length, the record. Produced by boygenius, Tony Berg, Jake Finch, Ethan Gruska, Calvin Lauber, Collin Pastore and Marshall Vore, the rest continues to showcase the band’s songwriting prowess and distinct sound. This EP also includes a 16-page newspaper zine.